Even if the name "Isla Negra" suggests otherwise, this cozy coastal town is located between Chiles biggest harbor towns San Antonio and Valparaiso on the mainland. Yet, it is characterized by island-like attributes: Dusty, narrow paths wind their way through the rustic and detailed wooden houses in the city center down to the sea. This is where shimmery colors of the endless ocean disappear in the wide horizon and wild waves whip against rough rocks. Craftsmen patiently pursue their delicate work while dreamy couples in the fine clear sand peacefully observe the sky and listen to the rhythmic sounds of the powerful Pacific Ocean.
Isla Negra mainly obtained popularity through the world-famous poet and Nobel-prize-winner Pablo Neruda, who lived here from 1939 to 1973 and wrote his estimated poetry. His lovingly designed property functions as a museum nowadays and provides its visitors divers impressions of the eventful life of this writer and thereby insights into one of the pivotal moments of Chilean history.
North of the abandoned beaches and sleepy settlements of the environment of Isla Negra, the colorful town of El Quisco is located which especially attracts crowds of Chilean families in the summer. Clearly more elegant appears the sophisticated beach resort Algarrobo. Here, modern hotels pile up in front of the spectacular coastal bay and high-class restaurants spoil their guests with ambitious cuisine. Indeed, this town is in sharp contrast to the relaxed life of Isla Negra. At the same time it reflects the diversity and the multifaceted nature of central Chile.